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Friday, February 17, 2017

The Seminar That Changed the Course of My Life

Little did I know that this seminar would literally change my entire life.

In March 2016 I saw a Facebook ad that changed my life.

I was scrolling through Facebook in the car when an ad titled “Economics of Entrepreneurship” popped up. I had been taking an entrepreneurship course for school and was interested in learning more, so I clicked through to the FEE site. Halfway through reading the description of the advertised Austin, Texas seminar, I was already concocting a plan as to how I would convince my parents to lend me the money for it. After reading that it was only $80 I started my application.

After applying and subsequently being accepted, I eagerly awaited June. At this point, I thought I may pick up a few things, meet a few people, and never really think twice about it.

Coleman and Magill

The seminar itself was phenomenal. The speakers Anne Bradley, Brian Brenberg, Magatte Wade, and T.K. Coleman blew my mind. The topics covered everything from how entrepreneurship helps bring people out of poverty to getting out of the preparation mindset. Not only did we have numerous lectures throughout the day, but we also had afternoon breakout sessions. During these sessions, we had the opportunity to discuss topics covered in the lectures with one of the speakers and a small group of attendees, and there were also a few fun activities that tied back to the topics covered in the lectures.

Little did I know that these two people would literally change my entire life.There was also plenty of free time to get to know the other attendees and interact with the speakers. It was during this time that my life changed for the better.

The first time I spoke to T.K. Coleman, I apologized for hitting him with a ping-pong ball in the game room. He then called over Derek Magill, who was there as the seminar’s photographer, and proceeded to destroy me at my own game. Little did I know that these two people would literally change my entire life.

The second interaction I had with T.K. took place after the last lecture before dinner. T.K. was standing in the back of the auditorium. Working up the nerve – I’m super introverted – I walked up and introduced myself properly. We talked a bit about the lecture he had given earlier and I asked about a program he had mentioned. That program turned out to be Praxis.

My Introduction to My New Life

T.K. called Derek over, who turned out to be the Director of Marketing at Praxis. Derek gave me a great run-down of the program, sharing his own story of dropping out of college. He shared a few participant success stories before we got to talking about my own schooling, My Journey to Self-Schooling, and they were both impressed with my drive and motivation. They encouraged me to look into the program more, and I took them up on their offer. I was accepted into Praxis three months later.

The next day I ran into T.K at breakfast and he introduced me to a current Praxis participant, Abbey, who has since helped throughout the application process in more ways than I can count.

Not only did I learn a ton, but I wouldn’t be where I am today if not for the people I met at the FEE seminar. Instead, I would be taking dual credit courses at the local community college and feeling just as dissatisfied as before. Now I’m inspired and encouraged to create every day by an amazing group of people.

No longer does the world seem filled with hoops to jump through and deadlines to make. Now all I can see are a million opportunities to improve the world we live in.

The FEE seminar I attended was an investment with incalculable value.

Republished from Teenagefreedomwriter.

  • Caitlyn Scheel is a current self-schooled high school student, writer for UnschoolHQ, and incoming Praxis participant.